Birmingham Maple Clinic Reports on SAMHSA Findings on Children and Alcohol

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Birmingham Maple Clinic recently reported that a SAMHSA study has found that 7.5 million children in the US currently live with a parent who has an alcohol disorder.

The study confirms that parental alcoholism is much more than just a public health problem; it has become a crisis among children under 18.

Birmingham Maple Clinic, providers of professional mental health services in Michigan, recently reported on research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which found that 7.5 million children in the US live with a parent with an alcohol disorder – which translates to 10.5% of the population for that age group. The study confirms that parental alcoholism is much more than just a public health problem; it has become a crisis among children under 18. According to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, “The enormity of this public health problem goes well beyond these tragic numbers as studies have shown that children of parents with untreated alcohol disorders are at far greater risk for developing alcohol problems later in their lives.”

As reported by Birmingham Maple Clinic, in addition to the resources provided by SAMHSA, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) is one organization that provides information and resources for health providers and others who may be able to help kids and families who are dealing with alcohol abuse in the home. The clinic itself also offers treatment for parents who are alcoholics, along with support and therapy for children who are living in a home where alcoholism is present. Through intensive individual and group therapy, parents can learn to overcome their addiction to alcohol, giving them a chance to rebuild the love and trust that can be lost among children of alcoholic parents. In turn, kids are given the tools they need to avoid substance abuse in their own lives by learning healthy coping skills and alternatives to drinking.

Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan since for over 30 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit http://www.birminghammaple.com.

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